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WorkshopInformational Governance & Climate Action

ONLINE WORKSHOP| 20-21 Sept 2022


As the information revolution continues, climate change remains high on public and political agendas around the world. Informational governance is a relatively new analytical concept explaining societal changes appearing in the Information age, resulting from new patterns of information flows.  These two topics are rarely connected, but information plays a crucial role in dealing with climate change and thereby empowering governments and citizens to take action.


The main aim of this two-day workshop is to identify the emerging issues in this new interdisciplinary field, with a particular focus on climate action science. This workshop will bring together different interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in exploring how information is changing the way society is engaging with climate change.
On the basis of these discussions, a proposal for a special issue on “Informational Governance and Climate Action” will be sent to an international scientific journal. Topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate information construction in policy processes
  • Polycentric climate governance
  • New ways of measuring granular climatic data
  • New global arrangements, and public engagement in the Information Age
  • Other

Application & Registration

Interested participants must send a 250 word abstract together with their registration containing:

  • Full name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Names and institutions of potential co-authors/ collaboration partners

The abstract should briefly describe the scope of the proposed contribution, the main objectives and how these relate to the broader field of infomational climate governance, as well as some details about the empirical and/or theoretical approaches used.

If your abstract is selected,  you will have to present it during the workshop.

Please submit your abstracts by Friday, Semtember 2nd 2022 to hce@uni-heidelberg.de
You will get a notification of acceptance soon after.

Preliminary Program

DAY 1, 20.09.2022

4.00 - 4.30 pm Welcome - Goals and Expectations
4.30 - 5.00 pm Impulse Talk: The Governance Perspective Prof. Jale Tosun
5.00 - 5.30 pm  Impulse Talk: New Developments in High-Resolution GHG Emissions and Concentration Information Prof. André Butz
5.30 - 6.15 Elevator Pitches of Article Ideas 
6.15 - 7.00 Collection of topics for the special issue  

DAY 2, 21.09.2022

4.00 - 4.15 pm Welcome to DAY 2
4.15 - 5.30 pm Discussion: Structure of the Special Issue and Lead Author for each Paper   
5.30 - 6.00  pm Wrap-Up and Next Steps



Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun

Institute of Political Science

Bergheimer Str. 58, Room 03.045
69115 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-3726

Jale Tosun

Prof. Dr. André Butz

Institute of Environmental Physics

Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
69120 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-6310


Dr. Maximilian Jungmann

Climate Action Science| Momentum Novum

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1

Max Jungmann

Dr. Alex Giurca

Executive Manager of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1
Fon +49 6221 54-6530

Alex Giurca